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[Bits] Shutouts & Suspensions on a Snowy Sunday

The good news is I'll bet some of those tour buses from Montreal are still on the road as you read this.

Got a little Captain in ya?
Got a little Captain in ya?
Bruce Bennett

And an unhappy first Stromeahkuh comes to an end. The Islanders await Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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  • Last night's NHL scores. Leafs win big over the Blackhawks and Canucks fans got some (small, probably) catharsis after their team crushed Boston at home.
  • Injuries! Evgeni Malkin took a hard ride into the boards and left the Penguin's win over the Red Wings, Jarome Iginla mangled his hand in a pointless fight with Ryan Kessler, and George Parros is OK after leaving the Coliseum last night after his fight with Eric Boulton.
  • Biggest news of the day: Bruins' Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games for mugging Brooks Orpik a week ago. Reaction from Stanley Cup of Chowder here. Dave Lozo thinks Thornton got off easy and has some pointed words for him.
  • Not be outdone, David Clarkson got a suspension of his own yesterday, and will sit two games for checking St. Louis' Vladimir Sobotka on Friday.
  • The Blackhawks acquired goalie Jason LaBarbera from the Oilers for future considerations in a trade that came out of nowhere until you remember that Corey Crawford is hurt. [Second City Hockey]
  • Incredibly, Steven Stamkos is skating again and may actually be bionic. Raw Charge is looking into this.
  • The new Red Wings-Maple Leafs focused season of HBO's 24/7 premiered last night and for those without a box office in their home, The Sporting News has some highlights. Prepare for a deluge of "Randy Carlyle versus the Toaster" jokes.
  • Almost time for USA Hockey to make their decisions on a roster for the Olympics. [NHL]
  • Hazing is dangerous. Don't do it. [Globe and Mail]
  • Lyle Richardson at Bleacher Report with a slideshow (naturally) rundown of the teams with the most trade bait. Yes, the Islanders are included.
  • Frustrating fourth-line forward Chris Thorburn is a thorn in the side of discerning Winnipeg Jets fans like the ones at Arctic Ice Hockey.
  • For fun: Megalodon at Battle of California has devised a turn-based hockey card game. I'll wait for the Nintendo 3DS version.